From sepia to selfies: The evolution of photography
From the timeless momentos of the past to the smartphone selfie phenomenon of today, the concept of photography has evolved rapidly in recent years to become one of our most prominent and engaging daily habits. Today, on World Photography Day, we are exploring how photo sharing platforms such as Flickr cater to and have evolved to encompass the changing nature of photography.
The rise of the cameraphone, and the ease with which photography apps such as Flickr inspire users to capture, store, browse and share every moment, anywhere, at any time, have shifted photography from just being about capturing a moment, to now living in it. So far throughout 2014, iPhones (5, 5S, 4S & 4) have dominated the list of thetop cameras used on Flickr, with both Sony and Samsung camera phones also in the top five brands. Since the launch of Flickr 3.0 in April 2014, global mobile uploads on Flickr have increased by 50%. This demonstrates that photography is now more immediate, personal, mobile and a part of our everyday lives, whether it is an image of a world event, an iconic building, a living legend, or simply a #selfie. Today, more than ever a picture really does speak a thousand words.